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Global entertainer and humanitarian Beyoncé has joined forces with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of #BEYGOOD4BURUNDI. This multi-year partnership will provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi, known as the “Heart of Africa.” The partnership will support programs to improve water, sanitation and basic hygiene practices in the hardest-to-reach areas of the landlocked East African nation, where nearly half the population has no reliable access to safe water.
Children in these areas are chronically malnourished. More than 65 percent of the population is using unsafe water sources. Children and families must walk long distances to water collection points and, even then, the water access rate is extremely low.
“This unique partnership combines UNICEF’s decades of expertise in providing clean water to children in Burundi and around the world with the power and influence of the entertainment world to bring about social change. We are grateful to Beyoncé and BeyGOOD for joining forces with UNICEF to highlight this critical issue to new audiences.”
CHIME FOR CHANGE, the initiative co-founded by Beyoncé, Salma Hayek Pinault and Gucci in 2013 is to address critical issues facing women and girls around the world, and Global Citizen, the global social action platform that aims to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Global Citizen believes that only through partnership can the world end extreme poverty by 2030.